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Penn College Closed for Holidays

College closed 'til Jan. 2Penn College is closed for semester break, and will reopen for Spring 2018 on Jan. 2.

Selected offices will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 27-28: Academic Affairs, Academic Services and College Transitions, Admissions, Financial Aid, IT Computer Center, Registrar, Residence Life, Mail & Document Services, President’s Office, SASC Information Desk (Call Center), and Student Accounts.

PCToday joins the entire campus community in sending its best holiday wishes to all.

Published December 16, 2017 | Posted in General Information | Leave a comment

Flurries? That’s Celebration in the Air!

A selfie-made moment

Pennsylvania College of Technology held its Fall 2017 graduation ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Community Arts Center, closing out the calendar year with a seasonal observance of academic achievement. The student speaker was Garrett Davis Corneliussen, of Hickory, North Carolina, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in welding and fabrication engineering technology. Also addressing the graduates and their well-wishers was J.D. Mather, assistant professor of engineering design technology, who was presented with the Veronica M. Muzic Master Teacher Award at spring commencement. Ornamental horticulture alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne received the Mentorship Award during the proceedings, in which nearly 300 degrees were conferred by college President Davie Jane Gilmour and state Sen. Gene Yaw, chair of the Penn College Board of Directors.

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Mentorship Award Presented at Penn College Commencement

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour presented the Mentorship Award to alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne at the college’s Fall 2017 commencement ceremony Dec. 16.

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented a Mentorship Award to alumnus Jeremy L. Thorne, owner and operator of ThorneCare Landscape Solutions LLC, in Sugarloaf.

The award was bestowed upon Thorne by Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour during the Fall 2017 commencement ceremony, held Dec. 16 at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

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Student Awards Presented to Penn College Graduates

Pennsylvania College of Technology presented student achievement awards to its Fall 2017 graduates.

A commencement ceremony was held Saturday, Dec. 16, at the Community Arts Center, Williamsport.

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Penn College to Again Make Impression on Farm Show Attendees

Students in Penn College’s hospitality majors join their instructor, Chef Michael J. Ditchfield, on the Culinary Connection stage at the Pennsylvania Farm Show last January.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors will soon flock to the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center to celebrate the commonwealth’s leading industry, and Pennsylvania College of Technology students and employees will be on hand for an interactive peek into the real-world applications of “degrees that work.”

“A beloved tradition of Penn College, the Pennsylvania Farm Show continues to be the highlight of the new year. During the weeklong festivities, members of Admissions, Alumni Relations and Academic Affairs bring Penn College to Harrisburg and showcase all of the amazing opportunities that await students on campus,” said Claire Z. Biggs, coordinator of admissions events and services. “Through our interactive and hands-on activities, we hope that friends of the college will come to learn what makes applied technology education so special.”

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Nursing Students Pass Milestone on Road to Graduation

“Praise God the four years are over,” says student speaker Nicole M. Mestach, of Watsontown.

Maggie K. Calkins, of Bloomsburg, receives her pin.

Haylea D. Estright, of Brisbin, accepts a hug from Samantha M. Weaver, learning laboratory coordinator for nursing.

Francesca B. Monse, of Selinsgrove, looks back toward her family while her husband attaches her pin.

Soon-to-be grads recite the Nightingale Pledge, promising to “devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”

The 24 December graduates of the nursing, traditional bachelor’s degree were “pinned” during a ceremony on Friday. During an event filled with tradition, the students entered with candles, heard from a faculty and classmate of their choosing, passed the light to representatives of a future graduating class, and recited the Nightingale Pledge. During her remarks, faculty speaker Terri A. Stone, assistant professor of nursing, told the graduates that, if she had to pinpoint a common quality among those who successfully completed the program, it wouldn’t be that they are the smartest or most able – although many of them are – but that they have developed the quality of perseverance. “This quality … is your crowning achievement today,” she said. The students are set to graduate on Saturday.

Faculty Member Compiles Directory of U.S.-Made Building Products

Robert A. Wozniak Jr.

When Robert A. Wozniak Jr. couldn’t find a suitable book for a sustainable building materials course he was teaching at Pennsylvania College of Technology – “nothing that I saw was quite what I was looking for” – he set out on a two-year mission to fill that vacuum.

The result is Made in America: Sustainable Building Products, Materials & Methods, a convenient and comprehensive listing of building products manufactured in the United States.

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Textbook Chapters Authored by Associate Professor of Aviation

Thomas D. Inman

An associate professor of aviation at Pennsylvania College of Technology has contributed to an avionics textbook.

Thomas D. Inman wrote two of the seven chapters for the Avotek Information Resources-published “Avionics: Instruments and Auxiliary Systems”: Chapter 3, covering Air Traffic Surveillance and Warning, and Chapter 4, focused on Weather and Terrain Awareness Avoidance.

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Board Approves UPMC Gift Supporting Nursing Expansion at Wellsboro

The Pennsylvania College of Technology Board of Directors on Thursday approved accepting a gift of a property that will enable the college to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

The board also authorized parameters for the college’s 2018-19 state budget request; accepted the audited financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30; approved the college’s Vision, Mission and Values Statement; signed off on an appointment to the Corporate Advisory Board, and endorsed updates to the college policy for a contingency reserve fund.

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UPMC Gift to Support Penn College Nursing Expansion in Wellsboro

The gift of a UPMC Susquehanna-owned property to Pennsylvania College of Technology will enable the college to address workforce and educational needs in the Northern Tier by expanding the nursing program it offers in Wellsboro.

The Penn College Board of Directors on Thursday approved transfer of the 8,400-square-foot facility at 22 Walnut St., Wellsboro, for $1. The agreement is contingent upon the college using the building to expand its Practical Nursing Program in Wellsboro.

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Career Services Presents Financial Literacy Challenge Award

Students in Sharon K. Waters’ FYE 101, Section 65, receive the Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge Award – and a pizza party courtesy of Dana R. Suter, coordinator of part-time student employment and career programming.

Students in FYE 101, Section 32, receive second prize in Career Services’ Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge. The class was taught by Carolyn R. Strickland (in red), vice president for enrollment management/associate provost.

Students in FYE 101, Section 5, taught by Brooke E. Nenadal, adjunct instructor of First Year Experience, were awarded third prize the Financial Literacy Challenge.

Career Services’ Dana R. Suter recently presented the Fall 2017 Financial Literacy Challenge Award to the “most engaged” First Year Experience class, based on students’ reactions during presentations by Suter. The top prize went to students in FYE 101 Section 65, taught by Sharon K. Waters. Second and third place, respectively, went to students in Section 32, taught by Carolyn R. Strickland, and Section 5, taught by Brooke E. Nenadal, with honorable mention to Monica B. Freeman’s Section 34, and Jennifer McLean’s Section 9.

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Deep-Thinking Delegates Take Law Into Their Own Hands

Fronted by table tents identifying their adopted states of origin, delegates prepare to tackle a packet of resolutions.

Tomorrow’s leaders convened at Penn College on Wednesday, acting as delegates from across the country considering amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The 133 high school students from nine districts (Bellefonte Area, Berwick Area, East Lycoming, Hazleton Area, Jersey Shore Area, Loyalsock Township, South Williamsport Area, Susquenita and Williamsport Area) remained in their assigned characters throughout the mock constitutional convention – informally known as “ConCon” – in the Bush Campus Center, representing their respective states in discussing the ever-weighty issues of governing and preserving this American republic. Among those welcoming the group was Ashley R. Murphy, director of admissions, who applauded the young men and women for “thinking about things bigger than yourselves, boldly and bravely effecting positive change” in society.

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THON Donations Boost Incentive for Jan. 16-17 Blood Drive

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Nov. 15-16Members of the Penn College community can help ease the national Red Cross blood shortage and aid the fight against pediatric cancer by donating from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16-17 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Online appointments are available, all presenting donors will receive free pizza from Bart’s Pizzeria and complimentary T-shirts while supplies last, and the Red Cross will donate $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON for each unit of blood collected. Potential donors can streamline their experience and save 15 minutes by completing a RapidPass – a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire – on the day of their appointment.

Grateful Patients, Enduring Patience Top Students’ Guatemala Memories

The Penn College group (from front): Glendalis Guadarrama, nursing instructor Christine B. Kavanagh, Maggie K. Calkins, Sarah J. Schick, Mikaila E. Lugo-Schlegel, and Rene Ramirez

When five Pennsylvania College of Technology nursing students provided a briefing on their study abroad course at a weeklong, volunteer-led medical clinic in rural Guatemala, chief among the lessons they learned were gratitude and patience.

The students joined a group of more than 40 volunteers from the Glens Falls Medical Mission Foundation, a small, New York-based nonprofit that runs a twice-annual medical mission in the small town of Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala.

While there, the students saw between 200 and 300 patients each day in the areas of oral health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, and general medicine.

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Industry-Centered Classes Scheduled by WDCE for Early 2018

Four classes have been announced for the Spring 2018 semester by Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office.

The classes begin in February and will be offered on the college’s main campus.

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